Module Catalogue 2022/23

MUS2196 : Teaching Music in Community Contexts

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julia Partington
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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•       To provide students with a wider community music and music education perspective
•       To provide opportunities and experience for students wishing to develop their vocational pathways and practical skills,
•       Provision of theoretical knowledge and understanding of research in community music, arts and health
•       To broaden the current offer of vocationally driven modules to students in line with ICMuS’s current recruitment strategy
•       To further develop and strengthen relationships with other regional educational and cultural organisations (Sage Gateshead, local pre-school settings, charities such as Music in Hospitals, Nordorff Robbins, schools etc.)

Outline Of Syllabus

Module content will be underpinned by theoretical work on the nature of human musicality, research on musical development in childhood, theories on life-long musical learning, theories on teaching and learning such as ‘critical pedagogy’ and dialogic teaching and learning. The module will also consider theory, practice and debate within the field of community music.

The module overall would investigate the implications of research into the following areas of music teaching and learning:
•       Early Childhood Music Education (ECME) including antenatal
•       Music intervention projects with Care Experienced children and young people
•       Informal, formal and non-formal music in youth and adult music learning contexts
•       Vocational music programmes with young people who are not in education, employment and training (NEET)
•       Community music- history and theory
•       Music and health –music in hospitals, music therapy (both in its formal sense and in terms of health commissioning i.e. choirs on prescription)
•       Music and ageing – life-long music learning, music and dementia programmes

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of:
•       How music can be taught and learned in a variety of contexts and at different life stages
•       A range of theory and research relating to human musicality and development
•       A range of different practical and pedagogical approaches that can be utilised in diverse music learning contexts
•       Different vocational routes and opportunities

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop:
•       Pedagogical and facilitation skills appropriate for different community contexts
•       Approaches, repertoire and activities to use in practical application
•       Methods for developing repertoire and workshop based and activities for themselves
•       Ethnographic research methods – designing and implementing the case study research in community music contexts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Present in person lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars - module cohort spilt into two groups for repeat seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Present in person practical workshop techniques
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Scheduled present in person tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1154:00154:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Independent study will promote IKOs 1-4 and ISOs 2-4.
Practical work will develop IKOs 1-4 and ISOs 1-4.
Lectures and group workshops will support IKOs 1-4 and ISO 1, 2 and 3.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A401500-word case study of chosen example from the field of community music.
Prof skill assessmnt1A60Design a workshop plan for chosen community music context (early childhood/adult choir etc)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Case study essay will sum up student ability to review and critically reflect upon examples of practice in the field of CM (the case can be drawn from their own experience, from module workshops or from an online collection of examples that will be provided by the ML) outlining theory covered in first half of the module.

Professional skills assessment will provide students with opportunity to be evaluated on ability to put their practical skills, theoretical knowledge and repertoire learned on this module into a practical context. This assignment will also give students an insight into preparing for working in this field in a professional capacity.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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